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48-volt mild hybrids heading toward ubiquity in Europe as diesel declines

Johnson Controls 48-volt lithium-ion micro-hybrid battery Enlarge Photo Public concerns over diesel cars, and their ebbing sales, have become a well-documented phenomenon in Europe after decades of popularity. When the VW diesel scandal exposed deliberate cheating, and real-world testing revealed that virtually no diesels certified for sale actually met emission limits, automakers across the industry adopted rapid plans to electrify their vehicle lineups. One immediate solution will be fitting 48-volt mild-hybrid systems to gasoline engines. DON'T MISS: 48-volt mild hybrid systems: what they do, how they change the car While affordable long-range electric cars and necessary charging infrastructure remain on the horizon, mild hybrids offer a way to meet increasing stringent EU emission standards—the ones diesel was supposed to comply with. The 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show offe...

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